Planting for the Season…orders for 3.25.2015

Likely no one in the Richmond area (or the mid-Atlantic…or the Northeast) needs to hear from us that it is a later spring than usual. But we will type it here just because it is such a significant force for us each day right now.
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But the plants remind us that the cycle continues on, regardless of specific timing. Seeds are germinating. Plants are growing. We were able to start planting (a very small amount) of plants outside last week. The extended forecast is for continued lower-than-average temps for the next little while. We will savor (or ask you to remind us to savor!) this memory once July’s heat is in full effect.
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Meanwhile, our high tunnels (unheated greenhouses) have salad greens and cooking greens for Market Share CSA members this week. Thank goodness!

We had the good fortune of having the public television show Virginia Farming recently visit us for an interview. You can view online as soon as they post a link (later this week?).

Reminder: Our next Farm Tour is Saturday, May 9th at 2:30. Our Plant Sale is also that afternoon, from 1:00 – 5:00, where you can shop from our full selection of transplants for your garden. Please plan to join us, and spread the word!
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Certified Naturally Grown farm in search of…::Top loading washing machine (only the spin cycle needs to work   :: Area rug approximately 6×9′ or bigger (to use in the area we are making in the barn in which our children may play and rest comfortably during work days)

Available for Market Share CSA members to choose from this week:
Carrots, Salad Mix, Spinach, Kale (curly), Microgreens, Pepper Jelly, Fermented Jalapenos, and naturally leavened Hearth Baked Bread.

2015 Market Share CSA Members: Choose your selection through our Online Ordering to order for pick up on Wednesday, March 25 at our farm or at Good Health Herbs.

**Anyone may order select goods from us, when available, through Fall Line Farms, Richmond’s online farmers’ market. You can use discount code “broadfork” to earn a complimentary 6 month subscription.

Enjoy ~
Janet, Dan, and the rest of the Broadfork crew

**If you wish to invest in our farm, order from us in 2015, and have first access to our harvest, please Sign up for our 2015 CSA seasonThough the main harvest season still awaits, your investment now allows us the funds needed in the early season.

(Want to learn more about us? Visit us on FacebookInstagram, or Twitter.)

Vegetables = Spring…for 3.18.2015

With winter now safely (?) behind us, we are reminded why we love growing vegetables in Virginia: Mid-March and we are surrounded by baby plants, even if it is a bit later this year than usual.
A whole lot of this…Sylvie greenhouse…has led to a couple of greenhouses full of this: DSC_0001

We get glimpses from time to time that the fields are going to dry out enough to let us work them. Meanwhile, we get rid of some weeds with flame.
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The front/pick-up area/farm stand section of our barn is working its way toward completion, aided greatly by our wonderful fathers (pictured below). We’ll have this wrapped up in time for our Farm Share CSA pick up season that begins May 6th. CSA sign up is still going on! Visit our CSA page to learn more and sign up
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We had the good fortune of having the public television show Virginia Farming visit us for an interview last week. We are set to air on the show this coming Friday. You can view online or watch on WCVE next Sunday morning at 8:30.

Reminder: Our next Farm Tour is Saturday, May 9th at 2:30. Our Plant Sale is also that afternoon, from 1:00 – 5:00, where you can shop from our full selection of transplants for your garden. Please plan to join us, and spread the word!
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Certified Naturally Grown farm in search of…::Top loading washing machine (only the spin cycle needs to work   :: Area rug approximately 10’x12′ or bigger

Available for Market Share CSA members to choose from this week:
Carrots, Salad Mix, Spinach, Pepper Jelly, Fermented Jalapenos, and naturally leavened Hearth Baked Bread.

2015 Market Share CSA Members: Choose your selection through our Online Ordering to order for pick up on Wednesday, March 18 at our farm or at Good Health Herbs.

**Anyone may order select goods from us, when available, through Fall Line Farms, Richmond’s online farmers’ market. You can use discount code “broadfork” to earn a complimentary 6 month subscription.

Enjoy ~
Janet, Dan, and the rest of the Broadfork crew

**If you wish to invest in our farm, order from us in 2015, and have first access to our harvest, please Sign up for our 2015 CSA seasonThough the main harvest season still awaits, your investment now allows us the funds to start the season.

(Want to learn more about us? Visit us on Facebook or Instagram.)DSC_0012

Seeding our way toward Spring!…and Bread for 3.11.2015

We know all of Chesterfield and the metro Richmond area was with us this weekend in welcoming the first taste of spring. Record-breaking low temps have a way of amping up excitement for spring, eh? Well, we are ready. Our interns for 2015 started last week, enthusiastic to learn as much as they can about Certified Naturally Grown vegetable and herb production and get their hands dirty. As temperatures are leveling out, we can finally start seeds with gusto. Thus – a reminder that we are growing not just vegetables for you this season, but also transplants for your own garden. We will have cool-season plants available in April by order to CSA members and at the South of the James market. The greatest selection of summer crops will be available at our on-farm Plant Sale on May 9th.
plant sale farm tour 2015-05This will also be your chance to walk our fields and greenhouses with us during the 2:30 tour. We aim to grow the best tasting, most nutritious produce available for you and your family, and this tour is the best way we can explain to you how we do it.
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[Above: our new interns Rachel and Kyle! We are so glad they are here!]
We often tell people that we know our vegetables are the most delicious and nourishing produce option for our community members. Growing on a small scale allows us the ability to manage our crops for that result. The challenge is that growing on a small scale also means it is not as convenient for you – the consumer – to access our amazing veggies. We can’t open a store front on Hull Street or put our vegetables on the shelves at nearby grocery stores. Instead, we can show you how worthwhile it is to join our CSA, make the time to visit us at the farmers’ market, gather together your neighbors to cooperatively take turns collecting Farm Shares at a pick-up location. We believe to do so is to make a valuable investment in the health of you and your family. 076 Visit our CSA page to learn more about how to become a member of this farm. Talk to your neighbors about how to cooperatively arrange pick up to get the best produce possible into the kitchens, lunchboxes, smoothie glasses, and dinner plates of this community.
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Our Farm Share portion of our CSA is the best way to get a hearty mix of vegetables into your hands each week. Pick up for this option is on Wednesdays, May – November, and current pick up options are at our farm or in Church Hill. We have heard rumors of households working to establish a new pick up location at Magnolia Green, and perhaps the Byrd Park area on Sundays. Send us an email if you are interested in either of those options. We need 20 shares to establish a new pick up location and we are delighted to meet new members!  080
When we are asked how many people one Farm Share feeds, we answer that it depends on what kind of eater you are. Some single-person households consume an entire Farm Share of ours each week. If you eat most meals at home or have a larger family, that will be the case. If you have a larger family AND eat most meals at home, perhaps two Farm Shares will be right for you, or one Farm Share plus selecting additional vegetables through our Market Share. Photos of past Farm Shares on our our CSA page. Not sure what these terms mean? See our CSA page for a detailed explanation. We hope you will sign up to join us this season – enjoying the result of our dedication to raising the best vegetables possible for you, and also sharing in the risks inherent in farming. (What crops will be the star performers this season? We don’t yet know!) A strong relationship between the growers and eaters of food within a local community is a sign of a commitment to health and resiliency. Thank you for joining us in establishing this rich relationship here in Chesterfield!

Meanwhile, as we wait for our in-the-ground vegetables to grow after the recent hibernation-inducing temperatures, we have to offer our cherished Market Share CSA members:
Pepper Jelly, Fermented Jalapenos, and naturally leavened Hearth Baked Bread.

2015 Market Share CSA Members: Choose your selection through our Online Ordering to order for pick up on Wednesday, March 11 at our farm or at Good Health Herbs.

**Anyone may order select goods from us, when available, through Fall Line Farms, Richmond’s online farmers’ market. You can use discount code “broadfork” to earn a complimentary 6 month subscription.

Enjoy ~
Janet, Dan, and the rest of the NEW! Broadfork crew

**If you wish to invest in our farm, order from us in 2015, and have first access to our harvest, please Sign up for our 2015 CSA seasonThough the main harvest season still awaits, your investment now allows us the funds to start the season.

(Want to learn more about us? Visit us on Facebook or Instagram.)

Spring!?…and Bread for 3.4.2015

Today feels like spring. Spring with a lot of melting snow and mud! Spring with seedlings in the greenhouse, happy for the sunshine and warmth.
seedlings  Spring with greens in the high tunnel, ready to start growing again.spinach high tunnel
While we wait for these greens to be big and abundant enough to pick, we have bread and our preserved peppers to offer our lucky CSA members:

This week’s availability:
Pepper Jelly, Fermented Jalapenos, and naturally leavened Hearth Baked Bread.

2015 Market Share CSA Members: Choose your selection through our Online Ordering to order for pick up on Wednesday, March 4 at our farm or at Good Health Herbs.

**Anyone may order select goods from us, when available, through Fall Line Farms, Richmond’s online farmers’ market. You can use discount code “broadfork” to earn a complimentary 6 month subscription.

Enjoy ~
Janet, Dan, and the rest of the NEW! Broadfork crew

**If you wish to invest in our farm, order from us in 2015, and have first access to our harvest, please Sign up for our 2015 CSA seasonThough the main harvest season is still a couple months off, your investment now allows us the funds to start the season.

(Want to learn more about us? Visit us on Facebook or Instagram.)

CSA Sign Up! Buy a share of truly amazing vegetables.

“We are looking forward to another season of the best greens and veggies ever!”
“We love Broadfork Farm!” 
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“Yay! We have been missing our Broadfork veggies!”
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“Looking forward to another season of tasty veggies! Thank you for farming!”

These are the love notes that have been arriving in our mailbox from our dear CSA members. We are so grateful for this feedback, and sometimes we blush. Now it is time to share this information so that more people know how wonderful our vegetables are!
( If you have already purchased a 2015 CSA membership: Thank you!  We love you, are enormously thankful, and are working hard to make 2015 great. )
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Pictured here are various Farm Share CSA shares from 2014. We are enthusiastically inviting more people to join the Farm Share portion of our CSA. This is where community members invest in our farm ($525 for the 2015 summer season, May – September) and in exchange, we work our hardest to provide members with a diverse, bountiful, weekly share for 21 weeks, with an average anticipated value of $26 of produce per week, picked up on Wednesdays at our farm or in Church Hill.
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Why join our CSA?
:: Our vegetables are completely different than vegetables available from grocery stores. Taste them, and you will realize the difference. Children respond especially well to our produce – eating it because it tastes great! Taste correlates with nutrition…by choosing the tastiest vegetables, you are choosing the most nutritious.
:: Everything we sell is grown by us, on our farm in Chesterfield county. You are invited to public tours in the spring and fall so that you can learn how we grow food for maximum nutrition, taste, sustainability, and the health of all beings.
:: We are Certified Naturally Grown, ensuring you that we use only plant, animal, and mineral based inputs for the soil and plants. No synthetic/chemical fertilizer, pesticide, fungicide, or herbicide, nor any GMO products, are ever used on our farm.
:: Sourcing your vegetables from a local, Certified Naturally Grown farm like us is the best way to work toward community food security for future years. Most produce eaten in Virginia today is trucked here from California – not the securest, freshest, or tastiest option!
:: The majority of the food on our plates should be vegetables. We all know this! Make it a reality this season by committing to a share of weekly vegetables (or two shares, if your household is large enough). We help with recipe ideas.
CSA sign up dayFebruary 28 is National CSA Sign-up Day. The majority of our expenses take place January through March. Buy a share and help us grow. Learn more and sign up on our CSA page.

We love being vegetable farmers in this community. Thank you for trusting us with this responsibility and privilege. Please forward this email to anyone you think may benefit.

All the best,
Janet & Dan
Broadfork Farm Owners & Operators

P.S. Mark your calendars:
plant sale farm tour 2015-05(An earlier date for the purchase of cool-season plants is TBA.)

Love & Food…for 2.18.2015

We have to admit, we love Valentine’s Day. Our kids call it, appropriately, The Love Holiday. We don’t purchase anything to celebrate this holiday. We just spend the week surrounding it by focusing even-more-than-usual on love.
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We posted the above photo on Facebook and Instagram, proclaiming that we like our relationship with food to be up close and personal.
Focusing on love. How great is that? Not surprisingly, plenty of that focus revolves around food. We send out extra-strong love and thanks at the beginning of our meals for all the beings and forces that make our food possible. Love notes appear all over the place – the kitchen, the wash tubs for our greens, the seeding table in the greenhouse, the potting mix…Little red hearts cut out of paper seem to pop up out of nowhere.
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This is a farm awash in children. Cut-out paper hearts give it away. Luckily, we love it that way.
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Happy love week. We have more greens for you.

This week’s Harvest includes:

Chard, Garlic, Kale, Salad Mix, Spinach, Pepper Jelly, and naturally leavened Hearth Baked Bread.

2015 Market Share CSA Members:
 Choose your selection through our Online Ordering to order for pick up on Wednesday, Feb 18 at our farm or at Good Health Herbs.

**Anyone may order select goods from us, when available, through Fall Line Farms, Richmond’s online farmers’ market. You can use discount code “broadfork” to earn a complimentary 6 month subscription.

Enjoy ~
Janet, Dan, and the rest of the Broadfork crew

**If you wish to invest in our farm, order from us in 2015, and have first access to our harvest, please Sign up for our 2015 CSA seasonThough the main harvest season is still a couple months off, your investment now allows us the funds to start the season.

**We are accepting applications for 2015 Internship positions.
 Please share the details in this link with anyone you think may be interested.

(Want to learn more about us? Visit us on Facebook or Instagram.)

Greens & Things for… 2.11.2015

At first glance, the wintertime landscape in our tunnels is quite boring.
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Unveiled, things look much more interesting.
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Move in for a closer look, and things get down right delicious looking.
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Greens for salads or cooking. Turnips for salads or cooking. Garlic to spice things up. Bread to serve alongside. All of these are available for our cherished Market Share CSA members to order for pick up next Wednesday, Feb 11. (We know…this is strange email timing to order for next Wednesday. We are just so excited to tell you what is available…)
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Select items are available for purchase by anyone via Fall Line Farms, our area’s online Farmers’ Market, with many convenient pick up locations around the metro Richmond area and beyond.

Other winter farm activities currently include: Celebrating the completion of our new walk-in cooler, perfectly situated in our new barn; Studying intricate details of compost techniques and chemistry; Building what we are pretty sure is the biggest worm bin in Chesterfield County (see below); Starting seeds for our spring and summer crops, as well as for transplants that will be available for our gardening customers to purchase; settling on dates for our Spring Plant Sale & Farm Tour. Stay tuned for date announcements in our next email!
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Garlic, Sweet Hakurei Turnips, Salad Mix, Spinach, Pepper Jelly, and naturally leavened Hearth Baked Bread.

**One change for 2015: CSA Ordering through our website will close at 8:00 am on the day before pick up. Thank you for ordering!

Enjoy ~
Janet, Dan, and the rest of the Broadfork crew

**If you wish to invest in our farm, order from us in 2015, and have first access to our harvest, please Sign up for our 2015 CSA seasonThough the main harvest season is still a way off, your investment now allows us the funds to start the season.

**We are now accepting applications for 2015 Internship positions.
 Please share the details in this link with anyone you think may be interested.

(Want to learn more about us? Visit us on Facebook or Instagram.)

2015 Market Share CSA Members: Choose your selection through our Online Ordering to order for pick up on Wednesday, Feb 11 at our farm or at Good Health Herbs.

**Anyone may order select goods from us, when available, through Fall Line Farms, Richmond’s online farmers’ market. You can use discount code “broadfork” to earn a complimentary 6 month membership.